The Wyoming Cowboys (7-5) travel to Tucson at the end of December to battle the Georgia State Panthers (7-5) in the 2019 Arizona Bowl. Kickoff is set for 4:30 PM EST on December 31st at Arizona Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Wyoming is currently listed as a 7-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 48.5 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Arizona Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Wyoming vs Georgia State
Georgia State dropped three out of their last four games to finish the regular season with a 7-5 recover overall. The Panthers really struggled against rival GA Southern their last time out, falling 38-10 on the road. QB Dan Ellington went 18/27 for 182 passing yards through the air while Destin Coates and Tra Barnett combined for 107 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Cornelius McCoy also chipped in, making seven receptions for 89 yards. Overall, Georgia State averaged 32 points and almost 450 total yards of offense per game through their first 12 outings.
The Panthers really struggled on the other side of the ball this year, giving up just over 36 points and 450 total yards of offense per game. Georgia State was especially poor defending against the run, allowing 212 yards on the ground on a weekly basis.
Wyoming also lost three out of their final four games to finish 7-5 overall. The Cowboys couldn’t find a way to get past Air Force at the end of November, losing 20-6 on the road. QB Levi Williams certainly wasn’t at his best, throwing an interception and going 6/11 for 84 yards through the air. Williams also led the way on the ground, racking up 79 yards on a team-high 15 carries. Rocket Ismail Jr. struggled to get open against a tough Falcons secondary, making only three catches for 41 yards. As a whole, Wyoming averaged 24 points and close to 350 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Cowboys were exceptional defensively this year, limiting their opponents to 18 points and just over 350 total yards of offense per game. Wyoming really did a fantastic job shutting down opposing offenses on the ground, surrendering under 100 rushing yards per outing.
2019 Arizona Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 48.5
A case could easily be made for avoiding this matchup altogether, as both the spread and the total look pretty efficient to me overall. I certainly don’t have a strong lean with either school against the spread, as both programs had identical 7-5 records during the regular season while also covering the number at least 55% of the time through their first 12 outings. While the total also currently looks pretty bang on, I’d rather roll the dice with the OVER on 48.5 total points scored than flip a coin against an accurate spread.
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The Cowboys offense was certainly below average during the regular season, which might make the OVER on 48.5 total point scored seem like a bit of a stretch. However, Georgia State was ranked near the bottom of every major defensive category this year, which makes me feel somewhat optimistic about Wyoming’s chances of scoring 30+ points on Tuesday afternoon. While the Panthers might not be able to match their average weekly output of 32 points per game, they should still find a way to score 20+ against a rock-solid Cowboys defense. Give me the OVER on 48.5 total points scored in the 2019 Arizona Bowl!